Labor and War Bonds - Recording

Date of Recording: 1918
Duration: 7:02
Call Number: VVL00927

In this speech, delivered shortly after the beginning of World War I, and recorded in 1918, Samuel Gompers rallies for the workers and war laborers in the United Sates, upon whom "the very existence of our nation" relies. Here, Gompers charges that the war has triggered readjustment in social attitude, especially in relation to labor and means of production, and it is this readjustment that the Labor movement must take full advantage of, for finally it is recognized that in the struggle for "freedom and democracy," it is the American worker that bears the responsibility, as "progress and civilization hangs in the balance."


  • Introduction to Early Voices

  • America and Its Early Voices

  • Introduction to Early Recording
  • William Jennings Bryan
  • Eugene Debs
  • Thomas Edison
  • Samuel Gompers
  • William McKinley
  • William Taft
  • Booker T. Washington